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Think before you trash it !


Reducing our overall waste stream by recycling is a major goal of our sustainability program. Our program is single-stream, meaning all recyclables can go in the same bin. Common recycleable categories include: clean non-HIPAA paper & cardboard, rigid plastics #1 – 7, glass & metal containers. Trash items include: styrofoam, flexible plastics, snack bags & wrappers, soiled paper, cardboard and food waste.

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Recycle for offices              Recycle for labs

Recyle for cafeterias           Recycle for clinical areas

Common trash

Other items we recycle

Ink cartridges: recycle ink and toner cartridges in one of three ways: 1) return by mail using manufacture supplied shipping label, 2) return to Office Max delivery personnel, 3) deposit in ink and toner recycling bin located on the trash docks.

Electronics: Computers, monitors, appliances, medical and research equipment can be recycled by depositing items in the carboard bin on the main school/hospital trash dock.

Special note on batteries: Alkaline batteries are not recycled and can be deposited in the regular trash. At this time, rechargeable batteries and cell phones should not be deposited in the trash or recycling bins on campus. They can be recycled off-site at some area retailers while we develop our own on-campus program.

Surplus Items for Reuse or Donation

UMass Chan supports departments in surplus management and donations of fully functioning items. Electronics, office equipment, and lab equipment that have been fully and properly decommissioned with IT, retired with Asset Management, and decontaminated per EH&S Protocol, as needed, can be donated to UMass Chan’s surplus partners. If you have an item potentially suitable for donation, please email for assistance.

Single Stream Process

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Take a look inside the plant that processes recyclables from UMass Chan